Art Starts launches its inaugural Sew What?! fashion program

On Tuesday July 17th from 11am-12pm our program launch event will introduce the program and the talented, fashion-inspired youth as they begin their 7-week intensive program that runs from July 9 to August 24.

Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at the program and what’s in store for the participants over the summer. Sew What?! targets youth for whom significant barriers to participation in the arts are a consistent reality. This hands-on program will act as a non-traditional catalyst helping to cultivate skills required to pursue a fashion-focused career. The participating youth will develop a sense of where their skills might best be utilized in the fashion world: clothing design, illustration, construction, merchandising, textile design and show production. They will develop city-wide networks, portfolio pieces and relationships with retailers. The program will culminate in a fashion show in September and a display of their final pieces in a retail setting.

“We are extremely excited to offer this program to a talented group of young people who would not normally have this opportunity. “says Starr Jacobs, Sew What?! Program Manager. “In addition to class work, the group will be exposed to various elements of the industry through field trips, interactive presentations and guest speakers from within the fashion industry. “

“As an organization we’ve learned that youth today are seeking ‘next steps’. They want to know how to proceed to the next level and eventually gain fruitful employment.” says Katherine Earl, Program Director at Art Starts. “Sew What?! will challenge youth to break out of their comfort zones, ignite their creative capacity and drive their motivation, all while providing the tools necessary to move forward.” Sew What?! was generously funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Art Starts is located in the Yorkdale Community Art Centre, in the Lower Level of Yorkdale Mall (access via elevators beside Home Outfitters)


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